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    Perl is a programming language developed by Larry Wall, especially designed for text processing. It stands for Practical Extraction and Report Language. It runs on a variety of platforms, such as Windows, Mac OS, and the various versions of UNIX. This tutorial provides a complete understanding on Perl.

    Why to Learn Perl?

    • Perl is a stable, cross platform programming language.

    • Though Perl is not officially an acronym but few people used it as Practical Extraction and Report Language.

    • It is used for mission critical projects in the public and private sectors.

    • Perl is an Open Source software, licensed under its Artistic License, or the GNU General Public License (GPL).

    • Perl was created by Larry Wall.

    • Perl 1.0 was released to usenet's alt.comp.sources in 1987.

    • At the time of writing this tutorial, the latest version of perl was 5.16.2.

    • Perl is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary.

    PC Magazine announced Perl as the finalist for its 1998 Technical Excellence Award in the Development Tool category.

    Perl Features

    • Perl takes the best features from other languages, such as C, awk, sed, sh, and BASIC, among others.

    • Perls database integration interface DBI supports third-party databases including Oracle, Sybase, Postgres, MySQL and others.

    • Perl works with HTML, XML, and other mark-up languages.

    • Perl supports Unicode.

    • Perl is Y2K compliant.

    • Perl supports both procedural and object-oriented programming.

    • Perl interfaces with external C/C++ libraries through XS or SWIG.

    • Perl is extensible. There are over 20,000 third party modules available from the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN).

    • The Perl interpreter can be embedded into other systems.